"The only unavoidable subject of regret" : George Washington, slavery, and the enslaved community at Mount Vernon (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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"The only unavoidable subject of regret" : George Washington, slavery, and the enslaved community at Mount Vernon

Author: Mary V Thompson
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"American historians began producing in-depth studies of slavery and slave life shortly after World War II, but it was not until the early 1980s that the country's museums took the first tentative steps to interpret those same controversial topics. Perhaps because of the tremendous amount of primary material related to George Washington, almost no one looked into the lives of Mount Vernon's enslaved population.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: George Washington; George Washington
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary V Thompson
ISBN: 9780813941844 0813941849
OCLC Number: 1035366283
Description: xv, 502 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: "I Never See That Man Laugh to Show His Teeth" : George Washington and Martha Washington as Slave Owners --
"A Plant of Rapid Growth" : New Ideas and a Change of Heart --
"To Remain Constantly with the People" : Hired, Indentured, and Enslaved Supervisors --
"So Exact and So Strict" : Labor and the Mount Vernon Slaves --
"They Appear to Live Comfortable Together" : Family Life in the Mount Vernon Slave Community --
"A Mean Pallet" : The Slave Quarters at Mount Vernon --
"And Procure for Themselves a Few Amenities" : Recreation and Private Enterprise in the Enslaved Community --
"Better ... Fed Than Negroes Generally Are" : Diet of the Mount Vernon Slaves --
"An Idle Set of Rascals" : Control and Resistance among the Mount Vernon Slaves --
Conclusion. More than a Father.
Other Titles: George Washington, slavery, and the enslaved community at Mount Vernon
Responsibility: Mary V. Thompson.


George Washington's life has been scrutinized by historians over the past three centuries, but the day-to-day lives of Mount Vernon's enslaved workers have been largely left out of the story. Drawing  Read more...


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brilliant, erudite history of Mount Vernon" - ALH Online Review

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Absolutely no regret here -- a masterpiece!

by BillBahr (WorldCat user published 2019-07-30) Excellent Permalink

I’ve read over a hundred books on George Washington, and “The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret” is one of the best, certainly the best as far as Washington’s involvement with slavery. A masterpiece of encyclopedic research and scholarly analysis, this...
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